Hey STG Followers!!! Some of you may know me from my sporadic cameos, but I am excited to takeover wifey’s blog for this post! I’ve joked around with Margret about never getting any goodies from her fame, but after hearing about the opportunity to work with Balani Custom Clothier, we jumped right in due to their awesome products and over all approach in men’s attire!
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Balani, they are a men’s formal attire custom clothier that has been in business since 1961, with styling studios all across the US. They can even make house visit; talk about service!
I know most of you are more interested in wifey’s content and fashion tips, but we truly believe this is an awesome experience the man/men of your life should indulge in, so here is my experience!
I was fortunate to experience the custom process with one of the President, Christian Boehm, but after meeting a number of their stylists, I’m sure they all would have treated me with the same supervene session.
From the second we entered their studio in Houston, I was impressed! This place is just simply cool! From the layout of the studio, to their complementary bar options of whiskeys and craft beers; this is a place I could hangout and dive in to some unique clothing pieces!
Christian is a mad genius who is incredibly passionate! Within 5 minutes of us talking, he had my style figured out! I even told him, it felt as if he had taken a stroll through our closet prior to our meeting. He began to pull fabrics, which are all unique and constantly changing, for us to look at and feel. They have options for days, so it was so helpful to have him point out some options that would look best for my skin palate and overall style. We talked about the prints, collar style, cuffs (even talked about watch size for consideration), buttons, linings, embroideries, lengths, etc; when they say custom, they are not kidding, no two shirts/blazer/suit/pants are the same! And as you all can appreciate, the fact that no one else will have the same piece, is quite unique!
One of goals from the session, was for me to pick some items outside of the norm. We selected some shirts with subtle yet noticeable touches. I can’t wait to show off these items while hitting the town with Margret!! There are two quotes that Christian stated, “A woman looks at a well-dressed man in a similar way to the way a man looks at a woman in lingerie”, and “A woman’s best accessory is a well-dressed man.” So needless to say Margret is very happy with this collaboration. 😉
During our session, I told Christian that one of the frustrating things for me when buying formal attire is that since I’m tall and thin, it’s hard to get items that fit my body correctly. They are either baggy, too short, shirts cut is odd; you guys get the point! The neat aspect of the session, is that they take every possible measurement of your body in order to have a tailored fit. I recall something in the range of 30 measurements taken. Once they have all of your info, they send these to their tailors in order to cut every individual section of clothing specifically to your dimensions. I know I sound like a broken record, but this is as custom as it gets!
After your session, you have a waiting period of a few weeks while they make your piece, after which you come in once again to their studio for a fitting. Balani is very proud of their product, so they make sure you experience is second to none and that you look your best before leaving their doors!
I was blown away during my experience, not only due to the level in customer attention but the overall quality of their products! Every guy deserves to experience this process, whether it be a fitting session for a wedding/groom party, for a revamp of their closet, or be a special treat to be able to dress their best for a particular event or a night out with their partner.
I can’t wait to continue to build my attire with Balani, especially since I’ve been eyeing a Red Sports coat with black assents, you might see it in a few of these shots, that they made for a separate client that I may need to plagiarize! Its addicting lol!
CUSTOM SUIT PROCESS
1. Schedule an appointment with a professional BALANI clothier at one of our showrooms or we’ll come directly to your home or office.
2. Peruse our selection of luxury wool, cashmere, and silk fabrics from world renowned mills. Then, design everything from lapel style, to interior lining, to thread color, and much more.
3. Starting with the slope of your shoulder, down to the break of your trousers, our clothiers take over 30 measurements to construct all custom suits.
4. Once your garment is fully constructed, you’ll try on your new clothing and we’ll make slight adjustments to insure you have the best fit possible.
CUSTOMIZABLE SUIT STYLING OPTIONS:
- Suit Jacket Fit & Cut
- Jacket Button Style (Single-Breasted vs. Double-Breasted)
- Interior Suit Lining and Pocket Square
- Hand-Sewn Full Canvas Inside Jacket
- Lapel Style and Width
- Jacket Pocket Style
- Hand-Cut Buttonholes
- Thread Color for Buttonhole Stitching
- Trouser Style – Flat Front / Pleats
- Trouser Pocket Style
- Cuffed / Non-Cuffed
The best part – all of our customizable styling details are provided at no additional charge.